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No, InfoWars didn’t just blow the lid off of #ReleaseTheMemo

Calm down, everyone.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jan 23, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:41 am CDT

InfoWars, the notorious conspiracy theory website headed by Alex Jones, claimed to have the “memo” at the center of the “#ReleaseTheMemo” movement on Tuesday afternoon—however, it’s actually a public document that has been online for months.

The #ReleaseTheMemo movement centers around a supposed four-page classified memo shown to the House Intelligence Committee. It apparently includes information on whether the FBI and Obama administration used the Trump-Russia dossier as an excuse to spy on the Trump campaign using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and possibly fabricated intelligence.

While many Republicans have called the memo “sickening” or “worst than Watergate,” Democrats have called it “misleading” and “rife with factual inaccuracies.” The memo was reportedly written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who was accused trying to help the White House at the start of the Russia probe early last year.

Jones hyped the story on Tuesday, by tweeting that he had “been told the details of the #FISA memo,” and that he had “received a copy.”

While InfoWars says the document they published “serves as the basis” for the memo, it is being presented online as the memo conservatives have been clamoring to be released for a week.

But people were quick to point out that the document InfoWars posted was not the “memo” everyone wants to see, but rather a publicly released document.

In fact, Lawfare blog has had a link to the document up on its website since May of last year. You can also view it on the Director of National Intelligence website.

But that hasn’t stopped several people from claiming that Jones blew the lid off of #ReleaseTheMemo, despite that being a completely false statement.

As you might imagine, Twitter was swift in telling InfoWars it was hyping a document that has been online for months.

Nunes is reportedly working on releasing the memo, but needs approval from the committee and the president.

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*First Published: Jan 23, 2018, 3:20 pm CST